by Aminath Ifasa
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  • September 14, 2023
Louvre Abu Dhabi Opens Doors To Letters Of Light – A Journey Into Historical Manuscripts and Artifacts

A remarkable exhibition unfolds at Louvre Abu Dhabi from 13 September 13, 2023, to January 14, 2024. Titled “Letters of Light,” this exhibition showcases a collection of ancient and profoundly significant manuscripts representing the three major monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. More than 244 pieces of art, comprising manuscripts, graphic works, and three-dimensional objects, have been loaned from diverse sources, including Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and France. The featured texts encompass Quran, and other religious scriptures, complemented by an array of archaeological items and artifacts.

An extensive coalition of institutions and organizations has generously contributed to this exhibition, including four standout pieces from Louvre Abu Dhabi itself. Among the prestigious lenders are the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, numerous prominent French institutions, the Umm Al Quwain Department of Tourism and Archaeology, Beit Al Quran in Bahrain, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, and many others, collectively making “Letters of Light” an extraordinary showcase of historical and cultural treasures.

The “Letters of Light” exhibition delves into the historical context surrounding the emergence of holy books, their transmission over the centuries, the scholarly and mystical traditions associated with them, and their profound impact on global intellectual and artistic history.

Dr. Souraya Noujaim, Director of the Department of Islamic Arts at the Louvre Museum in Paris, expressed her awe, stating, “The material speaks for itself, the pages of the blue Qur’an, the inscription, the calligraphy as beautiful as this indigo dye … (it) is simply sensational.”

Manuel Rabate, Director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, emphasized the exhibition’s significance, describing it as an opportunity to explore the intricate connection between creativity and spirituality. It serves as a celebration of diversity, tolerance, and interfaith harmony, reflecting the UAE’s commitment to fostering meaningful connections.

Visitors to the exhibition will encounter various manuscripts alongside artifacts from esteemed institutions such as the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Louvre in Paris, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Laurence Engel, President of the BNF, highlighted the exhibition’s role in appreciating the strength and material beauty of these religions, as well as in understanding our shared history. “Letters of Light” invites visitors to embark on a journey of discovery, reflection, and meditation, culminating with “The Unseen,” a sonographic experience by Saudi artist Muhannad Shono, adding a sensory dimension to this extraordinary exhibition.

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